The weather has been acting unpredictable as winter slowly creeps in. Sultry mornings, humid afternoons, breezy evenings… . This change brings with it the dreaded flu. It may not be a serious ailment, but can surely knock you down for a couple of days. It can be controlled and managed with easy home remedies, which can cure you and, with prolonged use, prevent frequent flu attacks. Here’s wishing you a flu-free winter!
Turmeric, ginger and honey
50gm pure organic turmeric powder
10gm dried ginger powder
Mix the ginger and turmeric powder well. Add in the honey. Mix well, making sure there are no lumps and all ingredients are incorporated well. Store in an airtight container and eat one teaspoon every morning on an empty stomach. Guaranteed to keep coughs and colds away all winter. Stays at room temperature for up to two months.
Rock sugar, black pepper
100gm rock sugar
50gm black pepper powder
Grind the rock sugar into a powder. Mix in the black pepper powder. Sieve together to incorporate well. Store in an airtight jar. Add a teaspoon to half a cup of warm water and drink to sooth a sore throat. For children, mix in a tablespoon of honey. Works well as a remedy and as a preventive measure.
Can be eaten all winter. Has a long shelf life if stored in an airtight glass jar.
Garlic and black pepper tea
4 garlic cloves
11/2 tsp black pepper powder.
Boil two cups of water with these two ingredients and sip on it as tea. The brew gives instant relief from congested sinuses and a bad throat. It also builds appetite.
Discard leftover brew, Make fresh batch each day. Continue remedy for three days.
Holy basil, turmeric, ginger and black pepper
4-5 holy basil leaves
1 tsp turmeric
1 inch fresh ginger, crushed
1 tsp black pepper powder
Boil these in three cups of water. Strain and drink a warm half a cup three to four times a day to relieve sneezing and coughing. Can be stored in a flask. Discard leftover brew. Make a fresh batch each day. Continue remedy for three days.
Cinnamon and mint tea
2 tsp ground cinnamon or
11/2 inch cinnamon stick
4 – 5 fresh mint leaves
Boil both ingredients in three cups of water. Sip half a cup of this brew at regular intervals with honey or sugar. Can be stored in a flask. Discard leftover. Make a fresh batch for each day. Use as remedy or as prevention during colder months.